MSNBC’s Matthews: Trump Firing Comey as FBI Director Has a ‘Whiff of Fascism’ to It

Tuesday night’s edition of “Hardball” on MSNBC saw host Chris Matthews invoking a word that has, at least in the mainstream, only been used sparingly to describe the Trump administration: “Fascism.” Matthews made the comment while discussing the

Matthews made the comment while discussing the firing of FBI Director James Comey with former Bureau agent Clint Watts.

“What can you trust?” asked Watts. “I mean, what we saw tonight is the rule of law does not matter. It’s the rule of political power. We hear President Trump say ‘America first;’ tonight, President Trump put himself first.”

That’s when Matthews chimed back in: “A little whiff of fascism tonight, I think it’s fair to say?”

Watts answered in the affirmative (“Absolutely.”), and then Matthews finished his thought. “A little whiff of ‘I don’t care about the law, I’m the boss,'” the host added.

Watts then brought up the possibility that the termination letter has been ready for months, with Trump waiting for Comey to make a mistake.

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